One by one, Latinos and Hispanic victims of crimes came forward Tuesday during a news conference at Jackson City Hall. They told their horror stories to reporters.
The community says approximately 15 violent crimes against Latinos and Hispanics have occurred in recent weeks. Immigration lawyers say they are often targeted for money and because they are reluctant to report the crimes.
"There are a number of benefits," said Amelia McGowan with Catholic Charities. "Not only does it increase trust between law enforcement communities and local communities but there can be immigration benefits as well," according to Amelia McGowan with Catholic Charities.
The immigration attorney says it's important to built trust and bridges so that this community can learn how to protect themselves from violent criminals.